40 Australian adults, children found in ‘one of the worst accounts of incest ever made public’

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Australian officials have uncovered a disturbing incestuous cult of about 40 relatives living in filthy conditions in a picturesque valley in New South Wales.

Brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles had sex with one another as young as they were able over the course of four generations, raising children in conditions without fresh food or running water, The Daily Telegraph of Sydney reported.

“Now it can be revealed, not only could the case of the Colt family be the nation’s most appalling saga of child abuse, it is among one of the worst accounts of incest ever made public,” the newspaper said.

“Colt” is a pseudonym given to the family in order to protect the minors involved.

Police and child care workers were stunned when they arrived at the secluded camp, where they found 40 adults and children living in two broken-down caravans and tents without running water or sewage.

One police officer later reportedly told her colleagues that she would never get over her experience in the valley, The Telegraph reported.

Many of the children there were incapable of intelligible speech and had many deformities as the result of being inbred. One boy had a walking impairment and severe psoriasis. Another boy was afflicted with hearing and sight problems, and another’s eyes were misaligned, the Daily Mail reported. A 9-year-old girl found in the camp could not hear and had stunted speech. She was also unable to bathe herself and did not know what toilet paper was.

The cult reportedly hailed from a pair of great-great-grandparents who were brother and sister. Then, down through the generations, the family continued to regenerate itself, the Daily Mail said.

Some of the children have since been placed with foster families, while others are in treatment programs for sexualized behavior and psychological trauma, The Telegraph reported.

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